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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Research Fellow 2010–11

Jesús Jambrina

jesusAssociate Professor, World Languages and Cultures and History
Coordinator, Latin American Studies Program

Dr. Jambrina's main research interest is Spanish American literature, history, and cultural studies. He has published several articles on the poetry of Cuban author Virgilio Piñera (1912–1979).

Jambrina is also interested in Spanish Baroque literature in which he has published articles on 17th century authors Baltasar Gracián (1601–1658) and Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616).

Recent Publications Related to Research

  • “Poesía, nación y diferencias: Cintio Vitier lee a Virgilio Piñera” en Revista Iberoamericana, Vol. 75, Núm. 226, Enero–Marzo 2009, 95–105.
  • “Deseo(s) Barroco(s): Escaramuzas eróticas en La Celestina, El Lazarillo yDon Quijote”. Unión (Havana). Año XV, 53, Enero–Marzo, 2004.
  • “Gracián,  el raro”. Unión (Havana): Año XIII, 51, 2003.

Speaking Topics

Moral and Ethical Transformations on Narratives of the Spanish Conquests of the Americas: Cabeza de Vaca (1490–1557), and Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484–1566)

This presentation explores the evolution of the concept of humanity in the life and works of historical figures during early Spanish America colonial times. Both Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas came initially to the New World in search of wealth and honor however, the direct contact with the events of the conquest, particularly actions against the natives populations, changed their personal objectives. They went from being colonizers al uso to agents of change in favor of the original cultures of the Americas. This paper aims to trace that process through Cabeza de Vaca and Las Casas’s writings.

“El Hombre Nuevo”: Utopia or Reality? Perspectives on the legacies of the Cuban Revolution

This presentation aims to think the Cuban Revolution under the light of their consequences for several generations of Cubans, particularly those born after 1959 when Fidel Castro took power in the island. Fifty-five years later, Cuba continues to be a challenge to the global political inertia, especially after the fall of the Soviet Union and the East Europe socialism 20 years ago. The presentation touches on how the revolution is represented by younger generations through the arts and the music, explore the ethical values they express and how they relate or not to the revolutionary utopia.